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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 34-36

A study to assess self-confidence in oral and maxillofacial surgery among undergraduate dental students in Assam

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Government Dental College, Silchar, India
2 Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Silchar, Assam, India

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Dr. Ujjal Das
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Government Dental College, Silchar, Assam
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_11_22

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Background: The aim of this study is to evaluate the self-confidence of undergraduate dental students in relation to oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) to assess the teaching curriculum in Assam using a validated questionnaire originally developed by the Association of British Academic Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABAOMS). Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey of internship year (n = 100) dentistry students was conducted in Assam. The ABAOMS questionnaire is composed of 17 questions assessing various areas of the undergraduate OMFS curriculum. The response options to the questionnaire utilized a Likert scale. Independent sample t-tests were performed to assess the difference in responses between the two-year groups. Spearman’s rho correlations were calculated to measure the strength of association between confidence in all aspects of surgical and forceps exodontia. Results: A total of 100 questionnaires were completed by the students. The majority of the students expressed feelings of confidence that they have enough knowledge to undertake independent practice (63%). General aspects of the questionnaire were answered favorably except for surgical extraction of teeth, in which both classes reported a lower level of self-confidence. Conclusion: Students felt comfortable with exodontia using forceps and elevators, root removal, managing acute pericoronitis, managing hemorrhage from a socket, assessing impacted teeth, and recognizing the clinical features of potentially malignant and malignant lesions of the oral cavity. They reported a lower level of confidence in performing surgical procedures.

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